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The National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls posted this photo on its Facebook page portraying a portion of a 20-vehicle wreck Thursday on Interstate 90 near Salem and Montrose. Whiteout conditions plagued that area starting at noon Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service)

Mitchell’s 64 mph gust is third highest in state

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Mitchell had the third highest recorded wind gust in the state Thursday at 64 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The highest gust was 70 in Aberdeen, followed by 66 in Winner and Philip.

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On the 1-12 Beaufort scale, those gusts rank as an 11, just below hurricane force.

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